Bloomsbury Early Years

Activity Type:



3-5 years

Characteristics of Effective Learning:

Enjoying achieving what they set out to do, Making links

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Leaf globe

A seasonal twist on the snow globe

by Alistair Bryce-Clegg


This activity puts a twist on the classic snow globe. Children create globes that mimic the way leaves fall from the trees in autumn. It is a great talking point for children because it encourages them to talk about what they know about autumn, and also think about why and how leaves fall from the trees at this time of year.

What you need

  • Jam jar or plastic jar with a lid

  • Twig

  • Glue gun

  • Water

  • Autumn leaves

  • Scissors

  • Glitter (optional)

What you do

  1. Find a twig that will fit inside the jar.

  2. Using the glue gun, glue the twig to the inside of the lid of your jar.

  3. Cut up the autumn leaves to make ‘leaf confetti’.

  4. Fill the jar with water.

  5. Add your ‘leaf confetti’ and any glitter or sequins to the jar.

  6. Put the lid on your jar and tighten until it's secure.

  7. Turn the jar upside down and watch the leaves fall.

What you say

  • What is different about the trees in autumn and in summer?

  • Why do you think leaves fall from the tree in autumn?

  • What different colours are the leaves that fall from the tree?

Ready for more?

  • Add different autumn resources to your jar such a sycamore keys, beech nuts etc.

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